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March 16, 2015

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John D

The "pious and self-flattering leftist" (GlobalYogi) said:

"This thread and discussion has been hijacked by thoer [sic] who believe greed is a virtue. Those are the same sociopaths and trolls that are uncapable [sic] of having a [sic] intelligent discussion about community or society, the same unintelligent trolls who think socialism and communism as the same thing, the same people who think Obama is a American hating Muslim. You made my my [sic] point. See ya."

Upthread I mostly saw people talking about tiny profit margins and numbers that don't add up.

Maths is scary.

David

Maths is scary.

Well, I don’t think he, GlobalYogi, was there to engage in good faith with any of the points being made in the article or by other commenters. He didn’t seem interested in anything beyond his own self-flattering conceit. He was there, I think, to let everyone know how superior he is. That he cares more than they do, and is therefore right regardless of any facts or practical consequences.

Which made the riposte quoted above all the more pointed.

David

This comment at Samizdata, by Tim Newman, also seems relevant:

[W]orking in a restaurant (for most positions) is not supposed to provide wages commensurate with living a decent life in Seattle: it is to provide some cash to those working part time, studying, or youngsters still living with their parents. One of the biggest fallacies of recent times is the idea that every job should pay well enough to support a family. Entry-level jobs were never supposed to, and for good reasons.

Which is why, on the rare occasions I visit a restaurant, I generally leave a tip.

Ten
“The rich are richer and the poor are poorer,”

Hannan is right, of course, just as he's indispensable. However, the argument that's maybe, possibly, remotely going to sink in on the left is the argument that recognizes that the left's one-note strategy about "wealth" is Robin Hoodesque: Force as the mover of goodness is a faulty premise.

The left's notorious use of force and aggression - handmaidens of their eternal rage and ignobility - is morally wrong. It violates non-aggression as a principle. Envy and covetousness are wrong.

The left may be deranged but here it is morally repugnant and it needs to deal with that in public.

Arguing numbers, facts, and figures will never work; the left is not obligated to observe or honor reality as a matter of course. Hit them where they may, just may, feel it. Force them to see that they're wrong. They might just break under the load.

R. Sherman

I was recently dealing with a relative--a union member with a very good job and income--who was waxing moral about increasing minimum wage to "help the poor." I listed for awhile before finally piping up:

"The reason you support a doubling of the minimum wage is because you contract, as well as every union contract, is based upon it. If Congress increases the minimum wage by $7.00 per hour, every union worker will get that amount of a raise, as well."

Imagine what that would do to the economy.

Of course, it's easier to put on a facade of altruism, when you're talking about other people's money.

Nikw211

Somewhat related to this crop of stories …

I was listening to the BBC's 'Moral Maze' this week, which was on the subject of Social Inclusion and as a consequence, I overheard one of the guests answer the question "Do you think we can really improve integration through geography and architecture?" like this:

    Um, well, I've, I've always lived on council estates.

Yes, because that's obviously the clearest way to answer that question. The guest goes on:

    Um, and I've always known that architecture has been important to us even though perhaps architects have never really cared much about our communities or, um, the people that live in them [ …] The level of class prejudice and snobbery in Britain today is incredible.

… and on, though still not actually answering the question:

    Well, I'm, erm, I'm erm, obviously I'm a, you know, I'm a class warrior. What I want to see is an equal society. You know, I don't want to see social mobility [sic] I want to see our class rising together […]

The guest is also keen to let us know that details of her biography alone entitle her to unassailable opinions on society:

    I don't know anything about rich people […] What I'm saying, I have no experience of rich people. I'm a working class person and I know about working class people [… ] I'm not sure if I could have a class hatred what I've done, my experience, is from being a working class woman growing up on a council estate [ …] I'm questioning the value of the wealthy, of the values they have.

And just who is this fearless class warrior and working class woman from the council estates?

She is Dr Lisa Mckenzie – yes, you read that right, she does have a Phd – and she is currently
a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics.

Just let that sink in for a moment.

A research fellow.

At the LSE.

And perhaps while that's sinking in, perhaps take a look at this video in which Mckenzie repeatedly pronounces the word 'mural' incorrectly as a 'Muriel'. And perhaps also take in her buffoonish performance on the original BBC discussion here, from about the 10:40 mark.

David

Of course, it’s easier to put on a facade of altruism when you’re talking about other people’s money.

Absolutely.

And it’s much easier to advocate raising the minimum wage to X, and then waiting to be applauded, if you don’t have to think about all the practicalities that bear upon the employers whose businesses you’re talking about. And it’s not uncommon for such advocates and activists to themselves be employed in the public sector, where very different considerations and a very different ethos are often in play.

It’s also worth noting that the Seattle City Council is currently boasting that it “unanimously approved the adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage, making Seattle the first major city in America to take such an action to address income inequality.” Meanwhile, dozens of low-wage workers – the very people the Council claims to be helping – are being made redundant, with many more to follow.

David

Just let that sink in for a moment.
A research fellow.
At the LSE.

[ Gasps, splutters. ] How dare you question Dr Mckenzie’s competence? She’s an academic, damn you, an ethnographer, no less. She’s even embedded. Which, she says, means she’s “not trying to find out something.” Instead, her self-declared purpose is to “challenge.” Hence, presumably, the garish hair. And so she’s “challenging” the “negative stereotypes” of rough council house neighbourhoods, and she’s doing this while proudly showing us graffiti – sorry, “muriels” - that actually confirm all of those “negative stereotypes” about litter, vandalism, gangs, car theft and, as she puts it, “young people who have died on the estate.”

And while a police helicopter rumbles overhead.

And they say academic standards have fallen. Why, the very idea.

svh

And while a police helicopter rumbles overhead.

That was like a comedy sketch.

David

That was like a comedy sketch.

It’s the Clown Quarter of academia, where anything is possible. Except of course realism.

Ofay Cat

'Equality' and 'social justice' are the cries of the hopelessly incompetent and envious. It is also the hollow bleating of the hopelessly stupid who hear the pagan chants of the alleged 99% as voices in their heads that must be obeyed.

Then there is their leadership at all levels ... who exercise their greed at the public trough.

wtp

R. Sherman...
If Congress increases the minimum wage by $7.00 per hour, every union worker will get that amount of a raise, as well."

Well, perhaps every union worker until that company itself starts to lose business due to increased labor costs that must be absorbed somewhere, either by raising costs, increasing automation (and thus reducing the demand for labor), etc. Some organizations can plod on for a while but the Gods of the Copybook Headings ultimately demand their due. And thus, 21st century Detroit.

wtp

heh...that of course should read "...by raising prices..." not "costs". obviously...

Jacob

And while a police helicopter rumbles overhead.

Start the week with a laugh, I say.

David

Start the week with a laugh, I say.

Bear in mind the University of Nottingham thought that clip suitable for advertising its sociology department and “centre for advanced studies.” Those are the standards they expect.

The Lurker on the Threshold

Just let that sink in for a moment.
A research fellow.
At the LSE.

From Yes Minister:

Cabinet Secretary: "Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes", as they say. But Sir Humphrey would quote it in English, roughly translated as "Beware Greeks bringing gifts"; as Hacker (with a slight sneer) was at the LSE.

Hacker's Special Political Advisor*: (offended) So was I.

Cabinet Secretary: Oh, (and with forceful emphasis) I am so sorry.

* Fondly known as Mr Weasel IIRC.

Sam Duncan

“The Independent’s rather tendentious use of savings as its main measure of wealth is typical”

“Look! Our deliberate manipulation of the economy to increase current spending at the expense of savings has resulted in people having fewer savings. We must have the power to manipulate it even further!”

“I'm questioning the value of the wealthy, of the values they have.”

In the same breath as admitting you “don't know anything about” them.

There isn't even any point in saying “They must think we're stupid” any more. It's obvious.

Nikw211

She’s an academic, damn you …

Ha! I actually burst out laughing when I read that, which drew a few quizzical looks.

Bear in mind the University of Nottingham thought that clip suitable for advertising …

To my untrained eye, the video looks to have been produced by competent professionals - which begs the question - why did no one behind the camera think to tell her it's a mural, not a Muriel, and simply retake the shot?

I guess it's possible that she really is that dense and the crew were simply too embarrassed to point out her error, but I think it more likely that it was a piece of affectation that she was deliberately using to provoke people into correcting her - you, know, 'Go on I dare you to tell me I'm pronouncing it wrong!'

As you point out, anyone who starts by telling you working class people are thoroughly stigmatised for being too violent before then implying as heavily as possible the lives of the very same people are cut short by gang violence and (it's hinted) TWOCing a car and getting wrapped around a lamppost is as stupid as it is thoroughly dishonest.

She sounds like nothing more than a charlatan exploiting her 'genuine' working class bona fides, playing on their timidity and embarrassment in front more thoroughly middle class socialists.

Except that's the biggest bullshit of all - for her, to hold a doctorate degree and to be a research fellow at LSE - and yet to still play at being the ragamuffin is a profound slap in the face to anyone still on the estates who doesn't have her opportunities and can't extend those opportunities and life chances to their children.

Sociology - what a pathetic joke of a discipline that's allowed itself to become.

Nikw211

And oh my goodness, I just remembered - the good doctor has decided to throw her hat into the political ring as a candidate for the Class War party.

Spiny Norman

... why did no one behind the camera think to tell her it's a mural, not a Muriel, and simply retake the shot?

This immediately comes to mind:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pBM6qhMnsw

David

This: “I’m sorry, but exactly how does one misinterpret a punch to the face?

Lovegoats

The class war party are fielding candidates in a bourgeois democratic election? Pussies.

wtp

Except that's the biggest bullshit of all - for her, to hold a doctorate degree and to be a research fellow at LSE - and yet to still play at being the ragamuffin is a profound slap in the face to any thinking being.
FIFY.

This woman is NOT an anomaly. This sort of "thinking" runs throughout the academic world, not just the clown quarter. Unless we include (as I suppose we should) economics, political science, and philosophy. OK, philosophy has probably always been clown quarter to some extent. Basically anything non-STEM. This is a very deep problem and we are fooling ourselves to think otherwise. What really scares me is how the words one needs to use to fight this madness have been appropriated and re-purposed both to support the leftist agenda and to denigrate ideas and institutions that have served western civilization so well.

RY

'Sociology - what a pathetic joke of a discipline that's allowed itself to be.'

I am embarrassed to admit that I had to look up what an
ethnographer actually does.

How many more of these mindless 'disciplines' are there to still be foisted upon us?

RY

Oh, and what wtp said.

Tell Sackett

"...a profound slap in the face to anyone still on the estates who doesn't have her opportunities..."

Splitting hairs, I know, but for most people I don't think it's a lack of opportunity so much as an excess of honesty. Postgraduate degrees in sociology can be "earned" by pretty much anyone with the stomach to turn up and make the right (or should that be Left?) noises. People like Mckenzie still, thankfully, represent a minority in that they manage to sustain a hatred of reality while having absolutely no curiosity about it. Hence her astonishing, straight-faced admission that she's “not trying to find out something.”

I wonder whether she'll ever try to find out where her salary comes from.

dicentra

Do NOT look under the hood, for the love of God. Don't you now how many Important People will have be proved wrong?

We Can't Have That.

I'm sure you understand…

dicentra

Basically anything non-STEM

And climate science.

Andi Lucas

I do apologise if someone else has already brought this to your attention, but this really is the ne plus ultra of grotesque subsidised art:

http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/whalesale/

seePea

Still waiting for someone to answer Rush's question from years ago. Let me update it:
"If higher minimum wage doesn't cost jobs nor harm the economy, then why $15 - why not $25 ? or $50 ?"

Superiour

THE RICH WHITE HAVE MORE BECAUSE THEY DESERVE MORE!

Ray

...how does one misinterpret a punch to the face?

I'm sorry, I thought we weren't going to talk about Jeremy Clarkson?

dicentra

this really is the ne plus ultra of grotesque subsidised art:

Am I the only one who feels uncomfortable looking at all those… er… nose?

Connor

“It’s not a political problem; it’s a math problem.”

It's not just restaurants.

http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/23/smallbusiness/minimum-wage-bookstore/index.html?section=money_smbusiness

David

There isn’t even any point in saying “They must think we’re stupid” any more. It’s obvious.

Well, you do have to marvel at a supposed intellectual, one employed by statusful academic institutions, who happily describes her job as “not trying to find out something,” and who sees her role as that of an activist, of “challenging” values that she doesn’t specify and of which she admits to being totally ignorant. Someone who claims to be fighting “negative stereotypes” while obliviously confirming them.

Evidently, ability wasn’t a decisive factor in her getting the job. Perhaps her political views were felt to be more important.

DH

If higher minimum wage doesn't cost jobs nor harm the economy, then why $15 - why not $25 ? or $50 ?

Last year, Scotland's own Council of People's Commissars attempted to pass legislation to enforce a minimum wage of £7.65 per hour within any firm bidding for a public sector contract.
It was voted down - but not for the obvious reasons that it was authoritarian and economically bonkers.
It failed because they thought it might displease the European Union. And when you have to rely on the EU to put the brakes on madcap socialist capers, you know there's a serious problem.

Tim Newman

This comment at Samizdata, by Tim Newman, also seems relevant:

So does this article by Mike Rowe (he of Dirty Jobs fame). I read this a week or so before posting my comment here.

wtp

If higher minimum wage doesn't cost jobs nor harm the economy, then why $15 - why not $25 ? or $50 ?

The argument I like to make is that, as an engineer I'm all for it. Make it $25/hr at least. Many jobs be created. The jobs will be for software, hardware, systems, etc. engineers designing and building automation machines and robots and such at the cost of jobs for most low-end wage workers at McD's, etc. Things then get real quiet. Which is something that happens with more and more frequency when I speak up about something.

Jon Powers

Perhaps a new thread: The IRONIES of the Left:

http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/03/16/two-students-barred-from-meeting-at-ryerson-university-because-they-were-not-racialised/

wtp

Also re Tim Newton, I also saw that Mike Rowe column (a bit of a fan). At the end he references:

PS I looked into the Freedom Socialist Party and their demand for a universal, $20 an hour living wage. Interesting. You’re right – they’re serious. But not long after they announced their position, they made the interesting decision to advertise for a web designer….at $13 an hour. Make of that what you will.

At the end of the story at that link we find:

The Freedom Socialist Party has right-wing bloggers seeing red over a job listing that paid less than the group advocates for a minimum wage.

Earlier this month, the nonprofit posted listings on Craigslist and Indeed to advertise an opening for a part-time web designer. It offered to pay $13 an hour or more, depending on the designer's experience. That's well below the $20 minimum wage the party pushes for in its platform, and lower than the $15 wage it helped pass this year in Seattle. Right-leaning sites promptly seized on what they saw as hypocrisy.
...
"The right-wing attack is very hypocritical," he said. "These are the same people who fought against the minimum wage and support companies like Walmart."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/18/socialist-13-hour_n_6008432.html

Note who is "hypocritical". What I said above about the words needed to fight this madness being re-purposed.

wtp

Sorry...Tim Newman. Newman

Watcher In The Dark

The police helicopter rumbling overhead was, in fact, just the arrival of more Oppression of the Workers. Nothing to do with law and order, though it could have been the Pronunciation Authorities hunting down the odd Muriel.

Anon

I am embarrassed to admit that I had to look up what an ethnographer actually does.

Is it not there in the name?

Well, maybe not if you went to the LSE, I suppose.

wtp

Please forgive my over-posting, but at the HuffPo article I link above (originating from the Mike Rowe article referenced by Tim Newman), I found this blessed comment from and "educator":

Jay Raskin · Top Commenter · Teacher at Valencia College Osceola Campus It is obvious that $20 an hour minimum wage laws should be aimed at the companies like Walmart which make billions of dollars per year in profits and pay minimum wage. They should not be aimed at small socialist organizations where there are no profits. There is no hypocrisy involved here except for the conservative hypocrites who wish for billionaires to steal more billions from workers and force poor people trying to organize politically to pay wages they simply do not have. Reply · · 4 · October 18, 2014 at 4:34pm

A man whose short bio you can amuse yourself with here:
http://frontdoor.valenciacollege.edu/faculty.cfm?uid=jraskin1&CFID=4749739&CFTOKEN=abde6ca263ab638b-9231B487-9A63-3660-67FF574E70E4F84D&jsessionid=F2E6067C399E74299A470C3C6FDEB64F.cfusion

This is the problem. It is wide and it is deep. Yes he's a humanities professor with a PhD in philosophy and thus "clown quarter", but this is also a small community college outside of Orlando, not Berkeley or Duke or Cornell. Why are even our community colleges rife with this idiocy?

Spiny Norman

The Jay Raskins among us have rejected the world of objective reality and substituted a fantasy of their own making. And yet, these self-righteous credentialed morons are convinced the rest of us are idiots.

RY

@ wtp

Just read his bio:

I am not ready to make a narrative of my life.

I'm almost tempted to use his email address to ask him what that means.

ac1

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/video-woman-arrested-at-mia-after-yelling-about-war-on-venezuela-smoking-on-plane-7541984

Karen Halnon, a 52-year-old Pennsylvania resident, was arrested at Miami International Airport over the weekend after going on a two-hour rant about how the United States had declared war on Venezuela.

....
Halnon is an associate professor of sociology at Penn State-Abington and is the author of the books The Consumption of Inequality: Weapons of Mass Distraction and Webbing Vicissitudes of Forgiveness.

David

Halnon is an associate professor of sociology

Heh. Punchline.

ac1

more on the prof of lunacy.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/17/karen-halnon-penn-state-abington-smoking-on-plane-venezuela/

David

ac1,

For reasons that escape me, the spam filter has taken exception to you. If anything else gets snagged in the filter, email me and I’ll shake it free.

Theophrastus

Tim Newman is spot on. But, apart from costing jobs, raising the minimum wage also (a) reduces the payment of in-work benefits (by which the welfare state subsidises certain employers) and (b) increases productivity, in part from incentivising automation where appropriate. Hence, France has high unemployment but high productivity per worker, the latter being a result of excluding the least productive 10% from the workforce.

dicentra

“She asked them if they had been marginalized or racialized, and when they both responded ‘no,’ that’s when she said the meeting was only for those who felt they had been,” said Anne McNeilly, an associate professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

Ms. Knope and Mr. Hewitt, who are both visibly white…

So.

Blackface it is.

dicentra

Why are even our community colleges rife with this idiocy?

Because the faculty factories are.

Higher-education faculty is extremely incestuous. All those Humanities graduate students have to find employment somewhere, regardless of the prestige of the institution.

Universities are left-wing seminaries that crank out left-wing activists as their primary output. On purpose.

Long march through the institutions and all that.

dicentra

Let us not forget the original purpose of the minimum wage in the U.S., from a comment in the Seattle Mag thread:

The history of the minimum wage is more insidious than that. It was designed to prevent blacks fleeing the Democrats in the [era of the] KKK during the Great Migration from competing for work [in the north]. Thanks to Southern Democrats, blacks in the early 20th century generally didn't have much to offer employers beyond a strong back, a high tolerance of poor working conditions (not many things worse than picking cotton in 90/90 weather) and a desire to not be lynched. Union labor couldn't really compete with that, so they lobbied government to price the melanin-enhanced interloper out of the job market.
MinWage is SUPPOSED to inhibit employment and lookie lookie, that's what it does.

Also, "wage slave" is an oxymoron.

wtp

Because the faculty factories are.

Not entirely. Mostly because we are suckers for (again with the misnomers) "higher education". We can't begin to stop this madness until we cut the funding. We can't cut the funding so long as we permit the idiocy to go unchallenged.

And an aside (sorry to regurgitate a sore subject), we can't challenge the idiocy so long as the politicians in the best position to challenge the "higher education" priesthood are beholden, or are perceived to be beholden, to a priesthood of their own. IYKWIMAITTYD.

David

Halnon is an associate professor of sociology

From the update: “Listen, the point is, I am a sociologist, and I live in an intellectual world.”

dicentra

We can't begin to stop this madness until we cut the funding.

Which funding: Guaranteed student loans? Pell grants? Donations? Endowments?

If you follow Instapundit, you know one of his favorite topics is the higher-education bubble (written a book about it he has).

The idiot system will collapse under its own weight when (more) people realize that the tuition isn't anywhere near worth the investment/debt.

Then watch for academics to howl about society's anti-intellectualism and materialism.

More than they do now, I mean.

profusion

In the process of emptying out our insane asylums, we appear to have fully staff sociology departments near and far.

wtp

The idiot system will collapse under its own weight when (more) people realize that the tuition isn't anywhere near worth the investment/debt.

You mean like what happened with the real estate market? Without political pressure, the system will simply go looking for "new revenue". College education is being pushed as a new "right". In the mean time, the problem continues to perpetuate itself, creating more and more minions who view access to the new religion as a new right. If the investment isn't worth the return, the blame will go to the evil rich who got theirs, etc. etc. etc. according to the ingrained mythology we have seen presented over and over again. And we schmucks who support the whole mess continue to get fleeced. Even if it does collapse, it will be quite a ways down the road. Ultimately who gets left holding the bag?

Cut government funding to non-STEM. Shine the light on the numerous mini-Ward Churchills. Obviously you don't cut donations and endowments. That's just plain wrong, not to mention impossible and cultural suicide, and thus a strawman excuse for doing nothing.

wtp

And just to be perfectly clear, I have absolutely no problem with institutions employing nutjob professors who are funded by private donations and endowments. Much like a bar, such institutions need a few such characters around to give the joint "atmosphere".

bgates

She asked them if they had been marginalized or racialized, and when they both responded ‘no,’ that’s when she said the meeting was only for those who felt they had been

at which point they should have been welcome.

RY

@ bgates

Yes. But now you're bringing logic into it.
And that will never do.

dicentra

and thus a strawman excuse for doing nothing.

As if I were in a position to do something in the first place.

David

Halnon is an associate professor of sociology

Incidentally, Dr Halnon’s professional interests include “marijuana,” “Marxist theory” and “women and madness.”

In the Clown Quarter of academia, the jokes just write themselves.

David

Another feminist intellectual roars at the stars:

Women cannot be sexist, a journalism student at Ohio University argued in a recent editorial. In a guest column for the Post, OU’s student publication, Erin Davoran claimed that she was approached by a man — who she called a “menist” — [and] who engaged her in a conversation about an experience he had in which a woman was sexist towards him in a job interview. Despite the interviewer telling the man that “all white men created poverty,” Davoran said women cannot be sexist towards men. “Women cannot be sexist; the same way people of colour cannot be racist,” Davoran wrote.

Ms Davoran “hates sexism and prejudice,” and wants to “have honest conversations with people, especially those who misunderstand the issues.”

[ Added: ]

Note Ms Davoran’s attempt to sidestep the contradictions of her worldview by redefining words in ways that are absurdly tendentious or simply question-begging. And so racism is only racism when white people do it, and sexism is only sexism when men do it. How incredibly convenient. And this isn’t some random idiocy. It’s been taught. By people who get paid to blunt the minds of anyone sufficient young and credulous.

Watcher In The Dark

"Ms. Knope and Mr. Hewitt, who are both visibly white…"

As opposed to invisibly white, which may be one of the greater unseen crimes against humanity.

Sam

Ms Davoran “hates sexism and prejudice,” and wants to “have honest conversations with people, especially those who misunderstand the issues.”

Why do first year students think they're in a position to educate everyone else?

David

Why do first year students think they’re in a position to educate everyone else?

Assuming your question isn’t rhetorical, my guess would be vanity. And few are so vain - or so eager to assert their status, even delusional status - as people who regard themselves as progressive warriors. But then I’m terribly sceptical. Wickedly so, in fact.

Anon

Why do first year students think they're in a position to educate everyone else?

Simply, because they don't yet know enough to know how much they don't know.

T'was ever thus with youth.

The only difference is that that state used to be seen as something to educate them out of.

sackcloth and ashes

The Monbiot fatuity continues.

Furious George is appealing to Oxford alumni to renounce their degrees if the Uni doesn't divest from the exploitation of fossil fuels.

https://twitter.com/GeorgeMonbiot/status/577469336526311424

I seem to recall that last year he was backing the 'Yes' vote for an independent Scotland; which (at least according to the SNP) was going to fund itself with the proceeds from North Sea oil and natural gas.

David

Furious George is appealing to Oxford alumni to renounce their degrees if the Uni doesn’t divest from the exploitation of fossil fuels.

It’s arrogant and fatuous all the way down.

sackcloth and ashes

'It’s arrogant and fatuous all the way down'.

As 'Casmilus' puts it on the Twitter thread:

'@GeorgeMonbiot please follow-up by quitting as a Guardian columnist, George, as you won't be qualified anymore'.

Ray

Why do first year students think they're in a position to educate everyone else?

As Terry Pratchett explains:

Students arrive at university knowing everything and leave knowing virtually nothing. The surplus knowledge is carefully dried and stored, and that's why universities are called repositories of knowledge.

RIP

mac

I meant to post on this thread not last weeks...sheesh. Confessions of the left. (HT Rod Dreher).
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-sacred-beliefs-of-the-left/

Hal

Thought I'd posted this one yesterday, so here goes again . . .

Scott Adams---yes, that Scott Adams---has a report and commentary on My Verdict on Gender Bias in the Workplace

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